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 Missiology and Evangelization 5571A

 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2009
THURSDAYS 9:30 - 11:20 AM, ST. PETER'S SEMINARY

Instructor:  Rev. Frank O'Connor, BA, MA, BTh, STM, STL, MTh


A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

An investigation into the nature of the Church's pastoral and evangelical mission. Themes include the theology of mission, the relationship of faith and culture, and the “new evangelization”. Particular attention will be paid to reflection on the pastoral skills necessary for presenting the Christian message in a rapidly changing world. (2 hours) 

B. COURSE OUTLINE 

Sept. 10 - Introduction: Overview of Mission, culture and Evangelization

Sept. 17 - Mission: Theological Challenges

Sept. 24 - Mission: Biblical Foundations of Mission

Seminar: Biblical Texts on Mission
[2-3 page pager due at the end of class today Sept. 24th - 20 marks]

Oct. 1 - Mission: Biblical Foundations of Mission
            Vatican II and Ad Gentes

Oct. 8 - Mission: A Theology - Mission of the Redeemer
            [Redemptoris Missio]

Oct. 15 - Mission: A Theology - Mission of the Redeemer [Redemptoris Missio]

Oct. 22 - No Class - Federation of Spiritual Director's Conference

Oct. 29 - Mission and Evangelization: Pastoral Implications of "Evangelii Nuntiandi"
              [Evangelization in the Modern World] by Paul VI, 1975

SeminarMission and Evangelization in History: "Constants in Context"
                 Part 1
The Story of a Missionary: Life, Challenges and Mission
[6-8 page paper due at the end of class today Oct. 29th - 30 marks]

Nov. 5 - "Mission and Evangelization: Pastoral Implications of "Caritas in Veritate"
            [On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth] by Benedict XVI, 2009

SeminarMission and Evangelization in History: "Constants in Context"
                 Part II
The Story of a Missionary: Life, Challenges and Mission
[6-8 page paper due at the end of class today Nov. 5th - 30 marks]

Nov. 12 - Evangelization and Culture: Inculturation, Dialogue and Proclamation:  
              The Interfaith and Cultural Challenges of Ministry Today

Nov. 19 - Evangelization and the Parish Today: Guest Lecture - Fr. Graham Keep (Set Aug. 12, 2009]

Nov. 26 - Evangelization in Today's Culture: Mission and Spirituality [Seminar and Lecture]

Seminar:  Constants in Context in a Contemporary Missionary Question:
Issue and Response from your own ministerial experience
[3-4 page paper due at the end of class today Nov. 26th - 25 marks]

Dec. 3 - Evangelization as Mission in and to Culture: "Put Out Into the Deep!" (Lk 5:4)
             Summary and Conclusions

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

*Bevans, Stephen B. and Roger P. Schroeder, Constants in Context: A Theology for Mission Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004. [Available UWO Bookstore]\

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The following FOUR Documents are required reading and can be found on and downloaded from the Vatican Web site: www.vatican.va/:

Vatican Council II. Ad Gentes divinitus [Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity] Dec. 7, 1965.

Paul VI. Evangelii Nuntiandi  [On Evangelization in the Modern World] Dec. 8, 1975.
(Found also in David O'Brien and Thomas Shannon. Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage. Pp. 301-345).

John Paul II. Redemptoris Missio. [On the Permanent Validity of the Church's Missionary Mandate] Dec. 7, 1990.

Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ - Pentecost, May 19, 1991.

Benedict XVI.  Caritas in Veritate. [On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth] June 29, 2009.


SUGGESTED OPTIONAL BOOK

"Burrows, William R., Editor.  Redemption and Dialogue: N.Y. Orbis Books, 1993. [On Reserve] (This contains two of the above documents with a commentary on each one: Redemptoris Missio and Dialogue and Proclamation.)

TOPICS AND READINGS - 2005
[*Required Reading]

INTRODUCTION

Introduction: Overview of Mission, Culture and Evangelization - What is Missiology?

"Read Text: Bevans & Schroeder.  "Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today"
Introduction
"Read Text: Vatican II: Ad Gentes divinitus [Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity]
The Church is Missionary in the Mission of the Son and the Spirit Trinitarian Foundations of Mission (see Ad Gentes #2)

Other Readings:
On reserve:  Paul Bramadat. "Christian Canada No More?", The Ecumenist, Vol. 42, No. 1, Winter 2005, p. 1-6.
On reserve: Francis Cardinal George: "The Promotion of Missiological Studies.
On reserve: F.J. Verstraelen [ed.] Missiology: an Ecumenical Introduction. 1-7, 467-470

MISSION

Mission: A Theology - Challenges
*Read Text: Bevans & Schroeder.  "Constants in Context: a Theology of Mission for Today"
Chaper 2. "You are Witnesses of these Things"

Other Readings:
On reserve: Richard Cote. Re-Visioning Mission. Park 1: "Unresolved Issues". p. 3-34.
On reserve: Richard Cote. "Mission in the Context of Some Cultural Discrepancies in North America in Mission, vol. III, 1996, p. 187-201.
On reserve: William Frazier, "Nine Breakthroughs in Catholic Missiology 1965-2000 in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Jan. 2001, p. 9-14.

Mission: Biblical Foundations of Mission
*Read Text: Bevans & Schroeder. "Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today"
Chapter 1:  "Missionary by Its Very Nature": Context and the Church's Mission

Other Readings:
On reserve: David Bosch: Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Orbis, 1991.  Especially p. 181-189. (Excellent on:  Mission in History and Paradigm Shifts in History).
On reserve: Senior, Donald and Carroll Stuhlmueller. The Biblical Foundations for Mission. Chapter 11 "The Mission Perspective of Luke-Acts", p. 255-279.
On reserve: Nissen, Johannes.  New Testament and Mission. Chapter 4 "The liberation ministry of Jesus and the Acts of the Spirit: The Mission Perspectives of Luke-Acts", p. 49-75.

Mission: A Theology - Mission of the Redeemer [Redemptoris Missio]
*Read TextIntroeduction #1-3;

I. "Jesus Christ the Only Saviour" #4-11;
II. "The Kingdom of God" #12-20;
III. "The Holy Spirit the Principal Agent of Mission" #21-30.

Mission: A Theology - Mission of the Redeemer [Redemptoris Missio]
*Read Text: IV "Horizons" #31-40;
                    V "Paths" #41-60;
                    VI "Leaders and Workers" #61-76

Mission and Evangelization in History:
*Read text: Bevans & Schroeder. "Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today" - Part I

Chapter 3: Mission in the Early Church (100-301)
Chapter 4: Mission and The Monastic Movement (313-907)
Chapter 5: Mission and the Mendicant Movement (1000-1453)

Mission and Evangelization in History:
*Read Text:
Bevans & Schroeder: "Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today - Part II

Chapter 6: Mission in the Age of Discovery (1492-1773)
Chapter 7: Mission in the Age of Progress (1792-1914)
Chapter 8: Mission in the Twentieth Century (1919-1991)

EVANGELIZATION

Mission and Evangelization: Pastoral Implications of "Evangelii Nuntiandi".  [Evangelization in the Modern World] by Paul VI, 1975.

*Read Text:  Paul VI.  On Evangelization in the Modern World.  [Evangelii Nuntiandi].  See especially: Introduction #1-5.

I. "From Christ the Evangelizer to the Evangelizing Church, #6-16.
II. What is Evangelization? #17-24.
III. "The Content of Evangelization" #25-39;

Other Readings:
On reserve:  Donal Dorr.  Mission in Today's World.  chp. 5. "Mission as Evangelization", 76-90.
On reserve:  David Bohr, "Evangelization: The Essential and Primary Mission of the Church" in The Church as Mission, ed. James H. Provost. 40-87)
*On reserve:  Avery Dulles S.J.  "Seven Essentials of Evangleization" in Origins Vol. 25, #23, Nov. 23, 1995, 397-400.

Mission and Evangelizataion: Pastoral Implications of "Caritas in Veritate" [On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth] by Benedict XVI, 2009.

*Read Text: Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate
[On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth]

Introduction #1-9
Chapter One:  The Message of Populorum Progressio #10-13
Chapter Two:  Human Development in Our Time #21-33
Chapter Six:  The Development of Peoples and Technology #68-76
Conclusion #78-79

CULTURE

Evangelization and Culture: Inculturation, Dialogue and Proclamation.  [The Interfaith and Cultural Challenges of Ministry Today]

a. Culture: The Challenge of Inculturation

*Read Text:  R. Cote.  Re-Visioning Mission.
Part II:  "Inculturation: A New Challenge" 37-85;
Part III: "Culture Revisited: A New Approach" 89-139

Other Readings:

On reserve:  "The Church and Other Religions" from the Secretariat for Non-Christians, June 10, 1984 in The Pope Speaks.  Vol. 29, No. 3, 253-264.
On reserve:  John Coleman S.J. "How Culture and the Gospel Interact" in Origins Vol. 31, #4, June 7, 2001, 58-64.
On reserveTowards a Pastoral Approach to Culture.  Pontifical Council for Culture.  May 23, 1999.  Pentecost.  Also found in Origins: June 17, 1999, Vol. 29, No. 5.

b. Methods of Dialogue and Proclamation

*Read Text"Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ" from the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Pentecost, May 19, 1991. [Found in Redemption and Dialogue edited by William Burrows, p. 93-118, or on the Vatican web site.]

Other Readings:

Read TextOn Evangelization in the Modern World [Evangelii Nuntiandi], IV "Methods" #40-48, V ["Beneficiaries" #48-57, VI "Workers" 59-73, "Spirit" 74-82.

On reserve:  Walter Cardinal Kasper, Relating Christ's Universality to Interreligious Dialogue", in Origins, Vol. 30, #21, Nov. 2, 2000, 321-327.
On reserve:  Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, "Missionary Dilemma: Proclamation and/or Social Transformation", Origins, Vol. 30, #21, Nov. 2, 2000, 336-340.

Evangelization in Today's Culture: Mission and Spirituality [Seminar and Lecture]
*Read Text: Redemptoris Missio.  VIII "Missionary Spirituality", #87-92.

Other Readings:
On reserve:  Young, Ronald Wayne. "Initial Inquiries into a Missionary Spirituality - A Missionary Pilgrimage in Mission, Vol. XV 2008 1&2, pp. 245-272.
Bernard Lonergan.  Doctrinal Pluralism.  Marquette Un., 1971
R. Cote.  Re-Visioning Mission.  Part IV: "New Paths and Spirituality of Mission", 143-172.

Evangelization as Mission in and to Culture: "Put Out Into The Deep! (Lk 5:4)
On reserve:  John Paul II The New Millennium [Novo Millennio Ineunte], Jan. 6, 2001.

MISSIOLOGY AND EVANGELIZATION 5571A
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2009

GOALS, OBJECTIVES, MARKING AND ASSIGNMENTS

A. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To study and reflect on the theological sources of Mission, Culture and Evangelization, and acquire a familiarity with the relevant magisterial and theological documents.

2. To consider the pastoral implications of Mission, Culture and Evangelization for today’s Church, Parish and Ministry.

3. To discover and learn how to uncover and appreciate the Gospel values already present in contemporary society.

4. To awaken and deepen a missionary zeal in our priestly ministry for the Mission ‘Ad Gentes’ and for the “New Evangelization”.

5. To uncover the relationship between: Culture and Faith, Proclamation and Dialogue, Missionary Initiatives and Pastoral Care. 

B. MARKING

Paper on a "Biblical Text on Mission" 20 marks
Paper on "The Story of a Missionary" 30 marks
Paper on "A Pastoral Missionary Question" 25 marks
Self-Evaluation 25 marks
  100 marks

C. ASSIGNMENTS

There will be three assignments each consisting of two parts: a seminar presentation and a paper.

ASSIGNMENT #1

Biblical Text on Mission: Seminar and Paper [20 Marks]

     SEMINAR - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009

A scripture text related to Mission will be assigned to each student. The student will consult two commentaries, spend 45 minutes in prayer with the text, then write a paper of 2-3 pages based on personal prayer with, and study of, the text. In your paper you should also clearly indicate some of the issues of Mission and Evangelization dealt with in the text, and in particular the central missionary question that is addressed. This will be the basis of a 15 minute seminar presentation in class.

     PAPER - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2009
    
The day of the discussion [September 24], a final copy of 2-3 pages will be submitted.

ASSIGNMENT #2

The Story of a Missionary: Life, Challenges and Mission [25 Marks]

     SEMINAR - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29th OR NOVEMBER 5th , 2009

Each student will be given a missionary to study. The presentation should consider the person’s life [biography], missionary challenges and questions he or she had to face, and how the person carried out their missionary work, especially when dealing with cultural diversity. A 6-8 page paper will the basis for the 15 minute seminar presentation on either October 29th or November 5th , 2009.

     PAPER - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th OR NOVEMBER 5th , 2009
    
The 6-8 page paper is due at the end of the class on the day of the seminar presentation.

ASSIGNMENT #3


[SEMINAR AND PAPER - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH , 2009]

A Contemporary Missionary Question: Issue and Response [25 Marks]

Each person will select a missionary question related to the contemporary challenge of the Mission “Ad Gentes” as raised by Chapter IV “The Vast Horizon of the Mission Ad Gentes in Redemptoris Missio, especially Nos. 37-38 (‘Parameters of the Church’s Mission Ad Gentes’). You will then be expected to research the topic and present a study on the missionary question

+first by looking at its causes and expressions in our time,
+secondly by relating the issue to some of the theology we studied in our course and
+thirdly suggesting an appropriate pastoral response.

     The 3-4 page paper will form the basis of the 15 minute seminar presentation.

     PAPER - Thursday, November 26th , 2009.
     The 3-4 page paper is due Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at the end of class.

D. WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: REQUIREMENTS

1. Policies regarding Submission of Assignments and Tests
a. It is the responsibility of the student to organize his or her work so that the assignments can be completed on time.
b. Assignments are to be handed in at the class on the due date. Assignments may not be dropped off at King’s or submitted electronically.
c. For a serious reason, a student may be granted an extension. On the form provided, the student is to write a brief explanation of the reason for the extension. This is to be signed by the teacher, with the extended date noted. A copy of the extension notice is given to the Dean.
d. Any medical reasons will be confirmed by proper documentation as approved by the Dean’s Office.
e. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment will be deducted for each day it is overdue without permission.
f. No electronic devices will be allowed during tests or the examination, unless approved in advance by Student Services at the University or King’s. (This refers to students with disabilities who have permission to use a word processor to write their exams/tests.)
g. Students who miss tests will negotiate a “make-up” date with the professor. Any medical reasons will be confirmed by proper documentation as approved by the Dean’s Office.

2. Internet References
If references are given from internet sites the exact designation of the site must be given along with a hard copy of the page from which the quote is taken or to which the reference is made.

3. Academic Offenses
a. “Scholastic offenses are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offense, at the following web site: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/appeals/scholoff.pdf.“
b. “All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com
(http://www.turnitin.com).”

4. MLA Style
The MLA Style (Modern Language Association) is to be used in writing your papers: in the Bibliography/Works Cited and in the quotations in the text.

 

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